'A Wonderful Portrayal'
Your July/August issue was enriched by Beth McNichol's ' 95 article, "First in Flight," on Lt. Sheila Johnson ' 96, an Air Force F-15E pilot. Any such article would intrigue me, since as a Naval Aerospace physiologist in the early '70s I helped train the Navy's first five female aviators. However, I strongly suspect that this article more than intrigued most of your eaders. Ms. McNichol's writing was extraordinary. She gave us a wonderful portrayal of a graduate to be proud of. Thanks for bringing those two together. Gene Walton ' 79 (PhD) Tallahassee, Fla
Correcting an Error
As a fellow Tar Heel alunma and Air
Force pilot, I enjoyed reading "First in
Flight" on Lt. Sheila Johnson ' 96 in the
July/ August 2000 issue ofthe
Sheila's skills and achieve-
ments reflect great credit upon all pilots
and Tar Heels-this article leaves no doubt
It is worth noting, however, that the
name of the female F-15E pilot who grad-
uated from USAF Weapons School is Capt.
Jeannie Flynn, formerly assigned to Sheila's
unit at Seymour Johnson AFB. Kelly Flinn,
pilot, received a general dis-
charge from the Air Force almost three
years ago. The similarity of their surnames
is especially unfortunate in light of the sheer
contrast in the experience and conduct of
these two pilots- but is worth noting.
I'd like to emphasize that I enjoyed the
article very much- the former members
of the "Tar Heel Air Force" thank you.
Lt. Anne Donoghue ' 98
C- 21 Learjet pilot
Yokota AB, Japan
to the readers
e and wrote to us about it
references to the "Fighter Vlieapons School"
also were in error.
Air Force Vlieapons School.
Maj. Todd Goss
with the addition to the school ojbombers,
ifters, space and
onger reallyfit the bill.
regrets the errors
Mac Nelly's Early Years
Your obituary ofJeff MacNelly ' 69
conveyed his extraordinary talent, but one
point deserves clarification.
Jeff MacNelly's cartoonist career did
not begin at the Chapel Hill Weekly. In
1965, the freshman class produced its own
paper, edited by later
Goodfellow ' 69. The political cartoonist was
our classmate "Spike" MacNelly. To many
of us, his talent was apparent even then.
Richard D. Levy ' 69
A Story of Inspiration
What an inspirational and courageous
person Lara Parker ' 99 is! Guly/ August
Her story should be required
reading for all freshmen. I can only hope
I would have even a small portion of the
determination and fortitude she has shown
under adverse conditions. She is the per-
fect person to serve on the Council of
Developmental Disabilities to motivate
other cerebral palsy sufferers to strive for
I plan on saving this story to read
myself on occasion and for my grandson
who hopefully one day will be a freshnlan
at Carolina. Thank you for making us aware
of this outstanding and special Tar Heel.
Ronald J. Williams ' 64
When I saw the picture of Charlie
Scott, the first thing that tracked through
my mind was "I remember Charlie. He
was in my freshnlan calculus class. He was
smart." I was stunned when there was a
reference to that class in the article. For
that to be my strongest memory of
Charlie over 30 years says a lot for his
quiet intelligence. Thanks to Charlie for
those d.ifE.cult days that helped Carolina
continue its greatness on the courts, and
thanks to Mark Briggs for reminding all
of us of the importance of quiet strength .
It is a legacy for all of us.
Susan Riggsbee Sallin ' 70
Thank you for the great article on
Charlie Scott. Back then, as one ofthose
"young white boys" I constantly imagined
myself being Charlie Scott and playing for
the Tar Heels. Now, as an older white
man, I have a deeper appreciation of the
breadth of Mr. Scott's contribution to
promote diversity and acceptance. Hence,
all of us should be thankful for the great
memories he gave us and continue the
work that he so effectively began.
Bill McDonald ' 80
Jefferson City, Tenn.
Not Unworthy Causes
I wholeheartedly supported the effort
to have the state of South Carolina remove
the Confederate flag that flew over the state
capitol in Columbia. I believe, however,
that those who advocate removing the
Confederate monument from the UNC
campus are 111 error.
There's a profound difference between
a lasting symbol of respect for brave men
who died in battle, a symbol erected long
before the civil rights movement, and a
contemporaxy gesture that can easily be
interpreted, and certainly was, as in defiance
of and even disrespect for that movement.
Ample scholarship has shown that
many who fought for the Confederacy
did not think of themselves as fighting for
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